Free donuts and hamburgers — These KC-area businesses are offering deals for vaccinated customers

Some local businesses and national chains are offering deals for customers who can prove they've been vaccinated. And yes, that includes a free glazed doughnut at Krispy Kreme, of which there are two Johnson County locations. On National Doughnut Day, Friday, June 4, vaccinated customers can get two free doughnuts.

Fully vaccinated and ready to get out?

With COVID-19 numbers in Johnson County and around the Kansas City area continuing their decline, some businesses are offering deals and discounts for customers who can prove they’re vaccinated.

At the same time, many businesses are still encouraging safety measures and asking customers to wear masks and maintain social distance. And some employers and organizations, like Johnson County Community College, are offering vaccine incentives to staff in hopes of returning to normalcy sooner.

The Shawnee Mission Post called around to local businesses to see if they’re offering any deals for vaccinated customers.

Several said they liked the idea but with the economic hit from the past year couldn’t afford to offer such discounts at this time, but there were a few metro businesses and national chains we found with ongoing specials for vaccinated customers.

Up-Down Arcade (Kansas City, Mo.)

“Token for Poke’ens,” that’s what the Up-Down Arcade on Southwest Boulevard is calling their deal to give 20 free game tokens to customers who can prove they’ve been vaccinated. Image via Up-Down Arcade website.

The arcade and bar on Southwest Boulevard in Kansas City, Mo., is offering guests 20 free arcade tokens with proof of vaccination in what they are calling the, “Tokens for Poke’ns” program.

“We want to thank everyone for taking this step to help keep our community safe,” David Hayden, Up-Down’s communications manager said. “Offering tokens as a token of our appreciation seemed like a natural fit.”

Customers will need to provide proof of vaccination (like a vaccine card) to get the 20 free tokens. The promotion will run through summer.

Masks and social distancing are still required at Up-Down, which operates locations in seven Midwestern cities.

Sporting Kansas City

Pro sports team apparel doesn’t come cheap, but for one match in June, SKC fans who are vaccinated can get 30% off a merchandise purchase at the team’s store at Children’s Mercy Park. Photo via Sporting KC Twitter.

Kansas City’s Major League Soccer franchise says it plans to offer 30% off merchandise purchased in-stadium at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kan., for those who are vaccinated at a June match still yet to be determined.

So, if you’re vaccinated and want to show your support of SKC, this may be the time to cash in.

Westport Flea Market (Kansas City, Mo.)

Westport Flea regularly lands on ‘best of’ lists for their hamburgers. Through the end of the year, customers who can show proof of vaccination get a buy-one-get-one-burger free deal. Image via Westport Flea Market website.

The iconic Kansas City burger joint is offering buy-one-get-one-free hamburgers to those who can show their vaccination card.

“Westport Flea Market has supported schools, health care, and first responder organizations throughout the pandemic and we will continue to do so,” Westport Flea Market owner Joe Zwillenberg said.

The offer will run until the end of 2021 and is available for dine-in customers only.

Krispy Kreme

One of these glazed doughnuts has your name on it if you can show a local Krispy Kreme store your vaccine card. Image via Krispy Kreme Overland Park’s Facebook page.

Do you love doughnuts? Are you able to show proof you’re vaccinated?

Then you’re eligible to receive an original glazed doughnut at any Krispy Kreme through the end of the year. The promo stipulates: one doughnut per customer.

But on Friday, June 4 — National Doughnut Day — the chain will offer TWO free doughnuts to vaccinated customers.

Krispy Kreme has two Johnson County locations: in Merriam at 8805 Shawnee Mission Parkway, and in Overland Park at 10390 Metcalf Avenue.

Office Depot

Office Depot will laminate anyone’s vaccine card for free. Image via U.S. Department of Defense.

Office Depot is offering free lamination for anyone who would like to preserve their vaccination card.

It may not be the most glamorous deal but could be a good way to make sure your vaccine card survives the rigors of what promises to be an active summer.

Office Depot also owns Office Max, and there are two Johnson County locations: the Office Max in Merriam Town Center, 5830 Antioch Road, and an Office Depot in Overland Park, 10551 Metcalf Avenue.